The Corporation has established a new professorship of Music in honor of the late philanthropist and patron of music, Miss Fanny P. Mason, Provost Buck announced yesterday. A. Tillman Merritt, professor of Music, has been named to fill the new chair.
Miss Mason had bequeathed a large portion of her estate for the use of the Music Department at her death in 1948.
Merritt, who is at present spending a year of research in Europe, served as chairman of the Music Department from 1942 to 1952. An authority on music of the sixteenth century, he is the author of "Sixteenth Century Counterpoint."
He received his master's degree here in 1927 after graduating from the University of Missouri.
Merritt has been here since 1932. He was made an assistant professor in 1936, associate professor in 1939, and a professor in 1943.